Christian Völkers played host to the annual Engel & Völkers Polo Cup on Majorca on 31 July and 1 August. More than 500 employees from the global Engel & Völkers network and international guests attended the event at his “Son Coll” estate. The guest list included high-profile names from the worlds of showbusiness, culture, business and sport – like the actor Heino Ferch and his wife Marie-Jeanette, Carl Erbprinz zu Oettingen-Wallerstein with his wife Anna and her daughter Yoanna, Hieronymus Graf Wolff Metternich with his wife Marynic, Oliver von Boch with his wife Dina, Cristina Macaya, Simoneta Gómez-Acebo (cousin of King Felipe VI.), and Diandra Douglas. “It is an absolute pleasure to be able to share my great passion for polo with friends and associates from around the world. And I am equally pleased that interest in the Polo Cup is growing year on year, both within the polo scene and beyond,” said Christian Völkers, Founder and CEO of Engel & Völkers AG.
The polo tournament took place over two days in spectacular surroundings overlooking vineyards and the Mediterranean. Eight top-level teams of three players competed for the title. They were put forward by the sponsors La Martina, Bentley, MS Europa 2, St. Regis, 1724 Tonic Water, Relojeria Alemana, SHA Wellness and Engel & Völkers, respectively. The host Christian Völkers also got in the saddle, playing for the Engel & Völkers side. Internationally renowned polo player Christopher Kirsch (handicap +4) on the Engel & Völkers team fell in the final round and was forced to retire from the tournament due to injury. After the preliminary rounds on Friday, the final was held on Saturday between the La Martina and Bentley teams. The La Martina team emerged from the match as the winners of the Polo Cup. The host Ninon Völkers presented the coveted Engel & Völkers Polo Cup Trophy to Naomi Schröder, Tahnee Schröder and Gaston Marquez, one of the best polo players in the world (handicap +6).
Employees attended the tournament on Friday in accordance with the dress code “All in White”, and enjoyed an Argentinean asado afterwards in the estate gardens. Then after the final match on Saturday, the private guests were treated to an exclusive dinner party in the grounds. SHA Wellness Hotel sponsored the meal, with products from its own farm.
Christian Völkers’ historic finca is set in the beautiful “Serra de Tramuntana” mountains. The 15-hectare property is set over several terraces, stretching down as far as the sea. The Hamburg-based entrepreneur has painstakingly restored “Son Coll”, which is over 500 years old, taking great care to preserve its original character. He has been growing wine on his traditional estate for almost 20 years.